The city of Whittier is one that every person should visit at some time. It is a unique Alaskan Town with many places to see and things to experience. Learn more about the town’s history, sail on the glacial waters of the Sound and hike through forests to see the waterfalls. Here are some of the activities you may want to do while visiting Whittier, Alaska.
Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel
The entrance to Whittier is through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel if you are not travelling by water. It is the longest tunnel passing through a mountain, which serves both rail and road transport. Expect some travelling delays when passing through the tunnel and be prepared to pay a toll.
Prince William Sound Museum
The museum can give you a great history of Whittier and its development. Learn more about the rail infrastructure, World War II and the Cold War through artefacts. There is a stunning model of the S.S Northwestern ship with exquisite detail. Get to know Whittier is more detail, its role as a military base during the war and other fun facts while visiting the Prince William Sound Museum.
This ice-free harbor is great for any avid boater. The berths can accommodate boats of 54 feet and there are many to set sail from. Explore the harbor on foot or rent a boat to spend the day on the water. See the salmon, go fishing, kayak or waterski in the harbor area.
Surprise Cove State Marine Park
A prominent outdoor excursion is found at the Surprise Cove State Marine Park found at Cochrane Bay. hike through the lush forests and choose from seven campsites to spend the night. Camping on the gravel beach is popular, with good amenities, including kayaking and motorboating. There are also tidal pools at Point Cochrane.
Granite Bay State Marine Park
The park is a short drive from Whittier and has been untouched by humans. Explore the bays, protected islands and forest in the park. A hike to higher ground will give you stunning views of the area. The park has facilities to fish, or camp along the lakes, beach or in the cliffs.
South Esther Island State Marine Park
See the beauty of Alaska from the South Esther Island State Marine Park, the perfect place for a day out or stay overnight. The Wally Noerenberg Hatchery for salmon can be seen in Lake Bay or Quillian Bay, hatching Pink salmon, Chum salmon and Coho salmon. There are two pristine hiking trails and several campsites.
Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise
Glacier cruises were created by Brad Phillips during the 1950s. The cruise through glacial waters gives you a great view of the scenery and wildlife. Friendly staff aboard fast catamarans provide a luxury experience. A US Forest Service Ranger provides facts about the area while cruising. This is a great trip for couples, families and individual travellers.
Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise
The cruises on the Prince William Sound are great for making memories. Choose from on of the two half-day cruises. The water is calm and you can see the glaciers, waterfalls and marine life. Ice chunks occasionally break off and drop into the waters below. A National Forest Ranger will narrate the cruise, while you see sea otters, birds, harbor seals, whales and eagles. Prime rib and Alaskan salmon is on the buffet meal during the trip.
Glacier Jetski Adventures
Jet Skiing is an adrenaline rushing activity to do in Whittier. User-friendly jet skis are easy to maneuver on the pristine waters. The equipment is eco-friendly and comfortable to ride on. This experience will bring you up close and personal with glaciers and waterfalls.
Crazy Rays Adventures
This is probably the best experience a person can have while fishing. The world-class trip takes visitors to the Prince William Sound for excellent saltwater fishing. Catch lingcod, salmon, rockfish and halibut, while taking in the breathtaking views. Crossing the passage canal gives you a window to see the large glaciers and some marine wildlife. Make the experience last longer by taking a lodging package with Crazy Rays.
Horsetail Falls Trail
Spend a day outdoors hiking along the Horsetail Falls Trail. It has easy access and only takes about half an hour to reach the top. You will see nature in all its glory and see Passage Canal from the top. Take in the sights of Whittier, the harbor and boats. You can camp at the top but space is limited.
Places to Eat
Inn at Whittier
Experience an Alaskan Meal at the Inn while taking in the stunning views of the Sound and Harbor. The menu, which changes to suit the available produce, includes fresh Whittier produce and seafood. A tavern with a fireplace and live music on weekends is a great stop for a drink. The restaurant can also create an intimate dining experience at your request.
Varly’s Swiftwater Seafood Cafe
The freshest seafood is served at Varly’s Swiftwater Seafood Cafe. indulge on pacific cod, halibut, and shrimp, fresh from the Prince William Sound. Signature dishes of chowder and rhubarb crisps can be enjoyed with a craft beer or a glass of wine. This downtown restaurant is in sync with the ocean atmosphere.
Food at the Anchor Inn is warm and hearty. The cozy restaurant is perfect for any meal of the day and is authentic to Whittier. Locals, fishermen, and tourists enjoy the good food in a relaxing environment. The menu includes fresh fish and chips, seafood, baskets and burgers. If you want to get to know the locals, then visit this casual restaurant.
Whittier is a small Alaskan town but has a wide range of attractions to suit the whole family. Book a long stay to experience all that Whittier has to offer and get to know the local landscapes. Breathe in the fresh air and see nature up close in Whittier, Alaska.